Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why "Star Wars" Continues to Endure 40 Years On

Scene from Star Wars
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

Those were the last 10 words everyone saw before Star Wars played its tricks on audiences on May 25, 1977. It was the calm before a storm that would only continue to rage on through many incarnations and in many forms. For a simple fantasy movie about good fighting evil, director George Lucas' vision managed to resonate in ways that have entered our lexicon, fashion, and general mentality. It was with the triumphant horns of John Williams' score that Star Wars announced once and for all that it was here to stay. There was cinema before it existed, but chances are that it will be the film to outlive everything else. It took a hold of pop culture upon its release and hasn't let go yet. Even if the franchise has had some highs and lows, there's no denying just how different the world would be without this movie.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Composing Greatness: #3. John Williams - "The Reivers" (1969)

Scene from The Reivers
Welcome to Composing Greatness: a column dedicated to exploring the work of film composers. This will specifically focus on the films that earned them Oscar nominations while exploring what makes it so special. This will be broken down into a look at the overall style, interesting moments within the composition, and what made the score worth nominating in the first place. This will also include various subcategories where I will rank the themes of each film along with any time that the composer actually wins. This is a column meant to explore a side of film that doesn't get enough credit while hopefully introducing audiences to an enriched view of more prolific composers' work. This will only cover scores/songs that are compiled in an easily accessible format (so no extended scores will be considered). Join me every Sunday as I cover these talents that if you don't know by name, you recognize by sound.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Theory Thursday: "Prometheus" is Underrated

Michael Fassbender
Welcome to a weekly column called Theory Thursdays, which will be released every Thursday and discuss my "controversial opinion" related to something relative to the week of release. Sometimes it will be birthdays while others is current events or a new film release. Whatever the case may be, this is a personal defense for why I disagree with the general opinion and hope to convince you of the same. While I don't expect you to be on my side, I do hope for a rational argument. After all, film is a subjective medium and this is merely just a theory that can be proven either way. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Returns as Back-to-Back Oscar Host

Usually around this time, there isn't much to say when it comes to the Oscars. Sure, there are a few movies that may get into the conversation, but nothing is really set as far as the ceremony goes. With the past few years announcing their Oscars ceremony hosts towards the end of the year, the next one comes out less than three months after the prior event. It's probably for good reason, as anyone who watched the show knows one thing. Jimmy Kimmel was great. In fact, I'd argue that he was one of the best hosts in a decade. Today it was announced that he would return to host the 90th Annual Academy Awards in 2018. One can only imagine what he'll bring now that everyone likes him.